History of Sunbury Bowling Club
After several years of discussion among interested members of the public, the Sunbury Bowling Club was started when the Shire President Mr. Ellis Kelly convened and chaired a public meeting in the Memorial Hall during the month of February 1960. More than twenty people attended this meeting including the guest speaker Mr.Lowe of the R.V.B.A. During this meeting several important decisions were made including -
Site of the club
Agreed on the Recreation Reserve.
It was agreed that debentures were the only logical way to raise money.
Formation of a Bowling Club
A motion that a Bowling Club be formed was carried and a group of Office Bearers and committee men were elected. The inaugural office bearers and committee were as listed in the office bearers panel and their first decision was to hold a general meeting on the23 rd of MARCH 1960.
|President||Mr. B Luelf|
|Vice President||Cr. Kelly and Mr. E Fry|
|Treasurer||Mr. K Alderson|
|Secretary||Mr. C. A. Barr|
|Committee||Messrs. J. Taylor, J. Forbes, J. Childs, R. Stafford, W. Sullivan, R. Watkins, E. Boardman|
Sunbury Bowling Club commenced at its present site in 1961 with one green, which is the present green # 1 located adjacent to Riddell Road. The clubhouse comprised what is now the tool shed situated at the northern end between greens 1 &2. Alan, Smith who is a playing Life Member of the club, is the only inaugural member still associated with the Club. During its history Sunbury Bowling Club has expanded and extended its facilities in a somewhat exponential manner. A second green was subsequently added which is the green west of green number one and the clubhouse became what is now the social area within the Keno Lounge.
|1996||The club was expanded to its present configuration. This development entailed the building of the restaurant, the upstairs mezzanine, downstairs, reception area, foyer and administrative offices plus the addition of the present Bowler's Lounge, conference room, toilet facilities and locker rooms. These extended facilities were officially opened by the then Minister of Sport, the Hon. Tom Reynolds on Jan 24th 1996.
Externally a number of brick shelters were built around green #3, the machinery shed extended and the former machinery shed converted into the Bowls Shop, whilst the machinery shed at the western end of green #2 was also extended.
|1995||Green #3 was re-sown to tiffdwarf grass by Wayne Spencer who was then the club's Greenkeeper. Tiffdrawf is a type of couch grass, which is excellent for bowling greens and is widely, used on many magnificent greens in northern Victoria, NSW and Queensland.|
|1989||Green #3 was constructed on the southern side of the club. The green was built under the supervision of Gary Thomas who was then the club's Greenkeeper. At the time of its construction this green was quite revolutionary. Not only is it an eight rink green and thus much larger than the standard seven rink green.|